Braham prepares for updated grant spending plan

After five months of experience with new staff and programs paid for with money from the School Improvement Grant, Braham schools officials are now looking forward to changes and updates as they prepare the spending plan for the next two years.

At the regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 28, the Braham School Board received a written report from Mike Thompson, the Braham school improvement representative to the Minnesota Department of Education.

Members of the Braham School Board received certificates acknowledging their service at the regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 28, as part of School Board Recognition Week. - Photo by Luke Reiter

According to Thompson, 40 percent of the available school improvement funds for this year have been spent. Braham administration is now required to review the efficacy of the changes made under the grant as the basis for the upcoming spending plan, due in April. The MDE is now requiring that the plan detail spending for the two remaining years of the grant, rather than allowing the schools to adapt each year.

ā€œIā€™m not sure what their motivation is for doing it for two years, but I also would guess that there still would be some flexibility,ā€ said Superintendent Greg Winter.

A public information meeting will be held on Monday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at the high school to inform members of the community on grant spending to date and gain input on changes for the revised plan.


In other action, the Board:

ā€¢ Voted to allow bids to replace roofs on the gym and corridor/maintenance areas. The project will be scheduled for this summer.